* Happy Winter SoUlstice 2017! Light RE-turning *

20 Dec

OH SOLSTICE SUN!
Today and tomorrow, Dec 20 /21 are the shortest days of the year, and tonight (Dec 20 / 21) is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere:
Here in Victoria B.C. Dec 21 is 7 hours, 48 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice: 8 hrs, 18 min. and 33 sec. daylight.

The SUN appears to ‘stand still’ (Sol-stice) for a few days, on the lowest arc of the Ecliptic, before slowly, gradually ‘climbing’ again, and providing minute by minute longer days (Dec 18 – 24: 8 hrs 18 – 19 min., then gradually longer daylight)

Check out a little video I shot from my walk by the ocean on this pre-Solstice day.

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Ostara / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha / Summer Solstice, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, YULE / Winter Solstice, and Imbolc.

 

WINTER SOLSTICE is one of the 8 sacred yearly celebrations of alignment with the SUN:

Winter Solstice Traditions celebrate the Return of the Light, and the ReBirth of the Inner En-Lightened Consciousness.

Happy Yule!

Happy Solstice!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Solstice Sunset – Inner Fire. Photo by Melanie, Dec 20, 2017

 

WINTER SOLSTICE 2016 will be exactly (as the SUN enters CAP) this year just after sunrise (8:02 am), tomorrow Dec 21 at 8:30 am PST.

 

Voila – here is the Winter Solstice Chart:

What a potent cosmic Winter SoUlstice Sunrise energy!
With CAP Rising, and with CAP SUN / SATURN on the Solstice Point united (exact alignment  4 1/2 hrs later, at 1:08 pm PST!!!).
LILITH in CAP is exactly on the horizon, and PLUTO is in the 1st house, coming up on the horizon within an hour after Solstice sunrise.

  • How can visions and ideals (SAG) be brought into reality (CAP)?
  • What’s the Soul Force (PLUTO) that drives your ‘purpose’?
  • What does it always ‘come down to’, have us get up in the morning and ‘do the work’?
  • What’s intrinsically rewarding?

 

For the SoUlstice time, I look forward to nature walks, and engaging in what brings joy and is regenerative (PLUTO) – can be quite ‘simple’ says CAP.

Once CAPRICORN energy sets in, with the Winter Solstice, we are called to manifest what we deeply know (SAG). ‘Only’ resolutions, visions, and promises are not enough.

Let’s walk the talk, and show the evidence…, slowly, steadily, consistently, and without blaming ourselves for not being perfect yet. It’s work (AND play, miracles, joy!) in progress!

 

 

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And hey, let’s not fall into the CAP trap of being buried under a mountain of…. (you name it: work, commitments, responsibilities, stuff….), and free up the most important resource: quality TIME / Time quality!

With the freed-up NO-time / clock-less time, let’s give each other the loving gift of time, not only this SOLSTICE!

 

By the way, if you still haven’t seen it yet, or as a reminder – esp. apropos materialistic Christmas:
Watch the 20-min video ‘Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. She launched it 10 years ago(!), in Dec 2007 (just before PLUTO entered CAP, in Jan 2008), to illustrate how the ‘material’s economy’s’ linear system of extraction -> production -> distribution -> consumption -> disposal is unsustainable on a finite planet.
Which I’m sure is pretty obvious to you, dear reader, but perhaps you’d like to show / send it to some rare  ‘disbelievers’ out there. Apropos Mercury retro in SAG.
The project has evolved: In the meantime, there is also the ‘Story of Change’ and the ‘Story of Solutions’.
We sure need those nowadays. And work differently, more respectfully and sustainably with resources, says CAP, now mandatory and rewarding to do so, under SATURN very freshly in CAP.

CAP rules Time and Resources.

TIME as we know it, and our ways of working with it is indeed changing too.

Whether we are speaking metaphysically of transcending the conditioned experience of time, and tapping into 5th dimensional (beyond Time which is considered the 4th dimension) consciousness, or quite practically – it happens on all levels:

Astrologically, PLUTO (powerful evolutionary change agent) is presently in CAP (which rules time and maturity), 2008 – 2023.

Are we being swallowed by the ‘Time Monster’ or some other draconian super power or gruesome force? Or will the old Time Machine die a slow yet inevitable death? With PLUTO, my suggested formula goes like this: It gets intense as it changes…
And yep, the phenomenon of Time scarcity is really big these days.
Maybe because of being pulled into so many directions, via social media and otherwise offers and seductions, coupled with an exploitation of the human greed to get something, and to belong, creating omnipresent nervous FOMO (fear of missing out). 
SATURN in CAP is here to put the foot down, and help us set boundaries to what we really need, and what satisfies us – quite simply.

 

Historically, humanity has attempted to be the masters of time and productivity since PLUTO was the last time in CAP (late 1700’s, the times of the American, French, and Industrial Revolution, and major colonization, and ‘distribution’ of the world resources among imperialistic countries that subordinated and ‘ruled over’ indigenous cultures.
The ever faster running wheels and productivity devices have turned against us. With all the opportunities that ‘saving time’ has brought us we have become the slaves of time (as scarcity). Many people are caught in the machinery and ‘live for retirement’, or just want to maximize ‘life value’ while imposing our generation’s debt on the shoulders of the next generations, and ‘fall-out’ effects onto the Planet Earth. This is unsustainable.

Change is underway. Too slow? Effective and transformational enough?

 

Money-ure Log

Here is a random act of log wisdom that I found at a nearby beach (and left it there, for the next person): “Money, like manure, does no good until it’s spread around.”
Not just money, any resource and what we can extract from deep processes wants to be ‘spread around’ and used wisely now, with PLUTO and now also SATURN in CAP.

So how about right NOW (says ARIES where UR stirs up the pot), and from now on (with the Solstice SUN, SATURN, LILITH, and PLUTO in CAPRICORN):

~ Reclaiming alignment with time and natural laws (like the TAO),

~ Taking down-time in the midst of time acceleration craze,

~ Respecting ancient, timeless (and timely!) wisdom, and

~ Living more simply so that others can simply live?

 

Time is Consciousness.

“Not enough time for love, relationship, children” – postponing those to Day X, when “the work is done” could be a self trapping statement of purpose, attainment, and completion oriented CAPRICORN.

“The Work” is never done, we can’t personally be ever complete with what we set out to do.

And as Joanna Macy would say: “Help create a project that survives you!” A transpersonal practice a la PLUTO.

 

capricorn-fish-tailed-goat-constellation

Did you know? CAPRICORN is actually a mythical fish-tailed Sea Goat.

What’s with that, you might ask?

The time of Winter Solstice when the SUN enters CAPRICORN has been traditionally (in the Pisces Age) celebrated as the birth of redeemers – masters who have climbed up the mountain of spiritual attainment, and offered their energy to the collective – the fish tail is an association with operating in the waters of Oneness. 

 

Which brings us to… CHRISTMAS!

A few years ago round this Advent time, I went to a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Victoria Christ Church Cathedral. One of the Carols (commissioned by the CCC in 2011) struck me as relating (for those who are aware) to the Astrology and symbolism of the Christ Birth after Winter Solstice:

 

Magi Star

 

Magi and A Poor Place

A poor place this, no place to welcome kings;
No place for myrrh or frankincense or gold.
A place for simple folk and simple things;
A place of shadows, comfortless and cold.
Yet kings are here, and now as daylight dies,
By their command an minstrel softly sings
To calm the child while Magi search the skies
For mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.

So poor a place, yet now it welcomes kings.
See how they pause outside the stable door.
See how they kneel as each one humbly brings
A gift and lays it on the earthen floor.
For if the stars are true, if planets speak,
And if their journey to this humble place
Has guided them aright, this child they seek
Is mighty ruler both of time and space.

A poor place this, the world of these our days,
So poor in justice, poor in joy and peace;
Where children starve, where evil pays,
And empires clash in wars that never cease.
Yet still the Holy Child is brought to birth;
The grace he gives far more than we can tell.
His loving hands enfold the wounded Earth,
And all is well, and all things shall  be well.

Music by Patrick Wedd.
Text by Herbert O’Driscoll

 

I was astounded to hear and read in this beautiful ‘modern’ and timeless carol about

  • “…while Magi search the skies for mighty Jupiter and Saturn’s rings.”The (triple) JUPITER / SATURN conjunction in PISCES in the year 6 BC which was apparently considered the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ – the biggest planets in our Solar System aligned which happens (usually only once) every 20 year could have appeared as ‘A Star’.
    Apparently right overhead Israel (which is ruled by SATURN) at the time.
    JUPITER and SATURN united stands for the Archetype of a master / teacher / guru / king. And the fact that the Great Conjunction happened in PISCES at the onset of the PISCES Age promised a new religious / spiritual era.
  • “Is mighty ruler of time and space” reminds me of the Space / Time Point from SAG to CAP, at Winter Solstice. SAG rules Space and CAP rules TIME (see above).
    The JU / SAT alignment didn’t happen at the Winter Solstice 6 BC, but JU and SAT rule that point! And that’s when The Light of the SUN Returns / is REborn

Hmm, goes to show, maybe Christianity knew something about Astrology, and ‘placed’ the birth of the redeemer onto Day 3 after Winter Solstice, when the SUN starts to gradually ‘return and climb’ on the Ecliptic.

 

Still looking for astrological Gifts from the Stars, for your loved ones?
Check out my Treat Time offer – on until Dec 31.

 

Would you like to join us at the Winter / 2018 Transits Parlour?

That’s after the Holidays, on THU Dec 28.
Afternoon group from 2:28 – 5 pm.
Evening group from 7:28 – 10 pm.

Let’s Celebrate the Returning Light!
Let’s honour and align with major astrological Winter transits into 2018!

More about it here.

 

HAPPY HOLY DAYS and RETURN of the LIGHT!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2017

 

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